Those looking forwards to seeing the Samsung Galaxy S3 at Mobile World Congress this year are in for some disappointment; Samsung has confirmed that the follow-up to the super-popular Galaxy S2 won’t be on show at Barcelona.
Speaking to TechRadar, Samsung has said that the Galaxy S3 will instead be “unveiled at a separate Samsung-hosted event in the first half of the year, closer to commercial availability of the product.”
This points to a summer release of the phone, which could see it launching around the time of Apple’s 2012 WWDC. Apple’s summer conference is traditionally when new iPhones have been announced. Last year the trend was bucked of course, with the iPhone 4S launching in October. It’s not too much of a stretch though to expect that the iPhone 5 will be unveiled sometime in July.
It’s also thought that the Galaxy S3’s big launch might be timed to coincide with the London 2012 Olympics. Samsung is involved with Visa Europe in terms of providing contactless payment services in time for the games.
Samsung’s Nexus Android phones - the Nexus S and the Galaxy Nexus - have featured NFC chips and we’d expect the Galaxy S3 to do so as well.
Culturally and historically, an Olympic Games launch of the Galaxy S3 would echo Apple’s famous ‘1984’ advert broadcast during the 18th Super Bowl.
Given that the companies are at each other's throats, we’d expect the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S3 to be nothing short of momentous, wherever its held.